Fall into Books Series: In Conversation with Danielle Spencer ’95

Join us for this livestream program featuring Danielle Spencer ’95 to discuss her book Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity and the phenomenon of metagnosis: the experience of learning in adulthood of a longstanding condition.

Though this phenomenon has received relatively scant attention, learning of an unknown condition is often a significant and bewildering revelation, one that subverts narrative expectations and customary categories. How do we understand these revelations? In addressing this topic, Spencer approaches narrative medicine as a robust research methodology comprising interdisciplinarity, narrative attentiveness, and the creation of writerly texts. 

The co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine, Spencer is academic director of the Columbia University Master of Science in Narrative Medicine Program. Her scholarly and creative works have appeared in diverse outlets, from The Lancet to Ploughshares

Moderating the program is Staci Leisman ’99, a nephrologist and medical educator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.